This blog is based on references in the Bible to fear. God wills that we “BE NOT AFRAID”. Many theologians state that the eighth deadly sin is fear. It is fear and its natural animal reaction to fight or flight that is the root cause of our failings to create a Kingdom of God on earth. By “the power of the Holy Spirit” we can be witnesses and “communicators” of a new and redeemed humanity “even to the ends of the earth” (Acts 1:7 8). This blog is dedicated to Mary the Mother of God.
Nineveh 90 for life: January 13, 2020 to Easter vigil (Apr 12)
Whether it’s a Navy SEAL or a Saint, we admire those who put it all on the line — go “all in!” — Those who are totally dedicated to the mission … and God admires them too. Throughout salvation history, we have seen how God responds to this resolute and determined kind of prayer, just as Jesus taught His disciples. It was in Nineveh that the entire city turned back to God and did all that they could, through prayer and penance, to “demonstrate to” God that they were absolutely resolute in this “turning.” God saw how “serious” they were about this, and He was moved (Jonah 3:3-10). This is yet another story that demonstrates how God – a perfect Father – compels His children to be truly resolute and quite serious when calling out to Him.
St. Bernard of Clairvaux wrote,
“Timid prayer does not pierce heaven, because immoderate fear binds the soul so that prayer, far from flying upward, cannot even come out. Being lukewarm, it grows weak in its flight and falls because it has no strength. Prayer that is faithful, humble, and fervent will undoubtedly pierce heaven and it will certainly not return fruitless.”
This is what “Nineveh 90 for Life” is all about. This is a prayer campaign for resolute spiritual “WARRIORS!!” who seek to join ranks with tens of thousands of others in this “Supernaturally Charged” 90-Day crusade to deal the last blow to the culture of death.
Congress is becoming more pro-life, this administration is more pro-life, the courts are becoming more pro-life, “science” is more pro-life, and the country itself is becoming more pro-life. I believe we are on the verge of witnessing an end to the worst mass murder of innocents in the history of civilization. The time is now for us to marshal everything we’ve got to see this through to its completion … to deal the last blow. Nineveh 90 for Life begins on the January 23 and goes until the Easter Vigil (April 20). Special Forces Prayer Warriors (those who join) will be challenged to enter into a period of prayer and mortification. “Mortification,” at its essence, means to “die to yourself.” This will be our time to let go of bad and sinful habits and to embrace better and healthier and Godly habits.
The research in the behavioral sciences says that 90 days is about the time needed to change bad habits. What better time to be resolute then when, traditionally, many take on “New Year’s Resolutions.” Except this will be done with a support system that is tens of thousands of Special Forces warriors strong! We will also be using some of the tried and true very powerful supernatural elements. Namely, the Brown Scapular, 54 Day Rosary Novena, and the 33 Day Preparation for Marian Consecration.
We believe supernatural strength increases to the degree we are detached from worldliness. “He must increase, but I must decrease” was the call of St. John the Baptist. This is our time to “make straight a path for the Lord.” To put aside everything that stands in the way of Christ to fill us up completely with His Divine Life. THIS is the way we become “strong in the Lord and in His mighty power!” God will surely hear and answer this throng of tens of thousands detached from the world and resolute in our plea to end the culture of death. I am certain of it!
“Consecration Day” will be on April 11 Easter Vigil, .
Nineveh 90 – Ten Elements
For these 90 days, resolve to let go of repetitive sin you struggle with (e.g., acts of impurity, over-eating, alcohol, etc.)
9.Holy Hour (or at least 20 minutes of quiet prayerful reflection time. Does not need to be before the Blessed Sacrament. This is normally done at home or your favorite prayer space … maybe create a “God Cave” in your home)
3 For they, who supposed their secret sins were hid under the dark
veil of oblivion, were scattered in fearful trembling, terrified by
apparitions. 4For not even their inner chambers kept them unafraid, for crashing sounds on all sides terrified them, and mute
phantoms with somber looks appeared.
afflicts the Egyptians, while the Israelites have light. This description of
the darkness of the ninth plague is a development of the ideal that true light
comes from a pure conscience. For the first and only time in the Septuagint the
Greek word for “conscience” occurs. There is no Hebrew word that is equivalent;
the idea is expressed indirectly. The horrendous darkness is not extinguished
with the lightings of fire that only contributed to the terror.
These three days of complete darkness
stretched over the lands of Egypt—not those of the Hebrews, who enjoyed light
by day—in the ninth plague. It was so dark that the Egyptians could not see
each other. After this plague, the Pharaoh attempted to negotiate the freedom
of the Hebrews. His bargain that they could leave if their flocks were left
behind was not accepted.
conscience is essential for the life of faith. A solid grasp of Catholic
teaching about conscience makes it possible to live a moral life. And sadly……a
defective understanding can destroy your moral life. This
is true darkness! For the beginning Catholic, this is an essential
issue to understand properly. And conscience may be the single most misunderstood
issue among Catholics today! This topic is important so carefully study the Catechism’s
section on conscience.
A natural facility to judge
is a natural facility of our reason that does three things:
1.Reminds us always to do good and avoid evil.
2.Makes a judgment about the good and evil
of particular choices in a specific situation.
3.Bears witness after the fact to the good or
evil that we have done. (I.e., having a guilty conscience.)
is a powerful and remarkable facility that is distinctly human. Understand
that conscience is a judgment of reason. It uses the objective principles of
the moral law to judge the morality of acts in specific circumstances.
Conscience is not itself the source of the moral law.
·This is a common point of misunderstanding.
Many who reject Church teaching will say, “I’m just following my conscience.”
What they usually mean is that they’re looking to their conscience as the source
of moral principles, which is a serious error.
·It’s likely that some other Catholics will
challenge you on this point, and you’ll have to defend it. Use the Catechism
to defend this point. This article will help you read the Catechism’s
section on conscience accurately. Also see the excellent article on conscience
on the Catholics United for the Faith (CUF) Web site. Beyond that, Pope John
Paul II’s Veritatis Splendor contains a definitive discussion about
conscience in sections 54-64; number 64 particularly speaks to this point.
has a duty to form their conscience. Formation of conscience simply means
educating and training it. We do this by learning and taking to heart the
objective moral law, as found in Scripture and the authoritative teachings of
the Catholic Church. This forms conscience in objective moral truth as taught
by Christ and his Church. Practicing the virtues is another aspect of forming
the conscience. This not only lets us do good acts, but it trains the will to
desire to do good. In particular, the virtue of prudence affects the ability of
conscience to judge rightly.
You must follow your conscience
fundamental principle of Catholic morality is that you must follow your conscience. But be careful: there’s a strong
tendency for all of us to distort the full meaning of that principle! We tend
to use it as a giant loophole for doing any old thing that we’d like. A
well-formed conscience will never contradict the objective moral law, as taught
by Christ and his Church. (Catechism, 1783-5, 1792, 2039) A safe way to
read this principle is: ifyour conscience is well-formed, and you
are being careful to reason clearly and objectively from true moral principles,
then you must follow the reasoned judgment of your conscience about the
morality of a specific act. Otherwise, seek reliableguidance in forming your conscience.
The principle that we must follow our conscience derives from…
The dignity of conscience
authority of conscience, and our need to follow it, come from its dignity.
Pope John Paul II tells us that conscience is an “interior dialog of man with
himself” about right and wrong. It “is also a dialog of man with God”: it is
“the witness of God himself” calling him to obey the moral law, and is a
person’s “witness of his own faithfulness or unfaithfulness.” This is the basis
of the great dignity of the conscience: it derives from its witness to
objective moral truth. (Veritatis Splendor, 57-58, 60) Conscience is the
means God has given us to make moral decisions. Our freedom demands that we use
it: “When he listens to his conscience, the prudent man can hear God speaking.”
(Catechism, 1777) But we compromise this dignity of conscience if we
haven’t formed our conscience well, or when we do not take care to reason
clearly and objectively. Again, Pope John Paul II teaches Jesus alludes to the
danger of the conscience being deformed when he warns: “The eye is the lamp of
the body. So, if your eye is sound, your whole body will be full of light; but
if your eye is not sound, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the
light in you is darkness, how great is the darkness!” (Mt 6:22-23). (Veritatis
does not always judge properly. Out of ignorance or bad reasoning,
it can judge wrongly. Erroneous judgment is often our own fault, and can have
many causes (from Catechism, 1791-2):
·Lack of care in forming our conscience or our
powers of reason
·Damage caused by repeated and habitual sin
·Following the bad example of others
·Rejection of Church teaching
·Ignorance of Christ and the Gospels
·Neglecting the work of our conversion to
·Neglect of charity
our conscience errs and we’re responsible for the error, then we are
guilty of the evil committed. We are not guilty for the evil if we’re
not responsible for the error. But even if the guilt is not imputable to us,
it’s still an evil act. This greatly hinders our ability to advance in the
moral life and live in union with God. As Pope John Paul II puts it:
…[T]he performance of good acts… constitutes
the indispensable condition of and path to eternal blessedness…. Only the
act in conformity with the good can be a path that leads to life…. If [an
act is not good] …, the choice of that action makes our will and ourselves
morally evil, thus putting us in conflict with our ultimate end, the supreme
good, God himself. (Veritatis Splendor, 72, emphasis in the original)
The key to the moral life
good or evil of specific acts shapes our whole life. We choose God or reject
him specifically in the morality of our actions. We must choose to do good
in order to choose God, grow in freedom, sanctify ourselves, and let God’s
grace work in us to make us “children of God, adoptive sons, partakers of the
divine nature and of eternal life.” (Catechism, 1996) Moral conscience
is the key that makes this moral life possible: it is exactly how we
know what the good is in specific cases, and it beckons us to always choose the
good. And even when we choose wrongly, conscience calls us to seek God’s
merciful forgiveness so that we can begin again.
Monday is the traditional start of the
English agricultural year. While local practices may vary, Plough Monday is
generally the first Monday after Twelfth Day (Epiphany), 6 January. The day
traditionally saw the resumption of work after the Christmas period.
As we begin our working year let us
remember that our primary work in the world as a follower of Christ is to do
his will for us putting our hand on the plough and looking forward to the year;
may all of our days and rows be straight.
No man, having put
his hand ... - To put one's hand to a plow is a proverbial expression to
signify undertaking any business. In order that a plowman may accomplish his
work, it is necessary to look onward - to be intent on his employment - not to
be looking back with regret that he undertook it. So, in religion; He that
enters on it must do it with his whole heart, He that comes still loving the
world - still looking with regret on its pleasures, its wealth, and its honors
- that has not "wholly" forsaken them as his portion, cannot be a
Christian, and is not fit for the kingdom of God. How searching is this test to
those who profess to be Christians! And how solemn the duty of all people to
renounce all earthly objects, and to be not only "almost," but
"altogether," followers of the Son of God! It is perilous to tamper
with the world - to look at its pleasures or to seek its society. He that would
enter heaven must come with a heart full of love to God; giving "all"
into his hands, and prepared always to give up all his property, his health,
his friends, his body, his soul to God, when he demands them, or he cannot be a
Christian. Religion is everything or nothing. He that is not willing to
sacrifice "everything" for the cause of God, is really willing to
Canadian Rockies is the place for adventure in January. Besides the predictable
winter activities — skiing, snow-shoeing, skating — Jasper in
January hosts fat bike snow races, sleigh riding, dog sledding and
ice climbing. And that’s just during the day, Jasper’s evenings offer wine and
whiskey tasting, food-a-paloolza, live music, entertainment, kids’ scavenger
hunts, plus stargazing and northern-light viewing with s’mores.
FEAST OF SAINT MARTIN/VETERANS DAY Acts, Chapter 26, Verse 5-7 5 They have known about me from the start, if they are willing to testify, that I have lived my life as a Pharisee, the strictest party of our religion. 6 But now I am standing trial because of my hope in the promise made by God to our ancestors. 7 Our twelve tribes hope to attain to that promise as they fervently worship God day and night; and on account of this hope I am accused by Jews, O king. Paul clearly explains that his entire life was in preparation for the hope of Israel, Christ Jesus, who Israel did not recognize as the son of God. Paul states that the prophets and Moses had foretold that the Christ would suffer, and as first to be raised from the dead, he would proclaim light to both God’s people and the Gentiles. The resurrection is God’s promise to Israel. Paul like Christ ultimately was a victim of intolerance.  Twenty Fifth Sunday after Pentecost  GOSPEL Matthew 13: 24 –
feast of saint anthony, abbot Sirach, Chapter 22, Verse 16 A wooden beam firmly bonded into a building is not loosened by an earthquake; So the mind firmly resolved after careful deliberation will not be afraid at any time. A prudent mind firmly resolved is undisturbed by violent and conflicting thoughts. Sometimes we all have senseless thoughts and feelings which shake us but faith is a firm anchor for our thoughts. We indeed do have the power within ourselves to choose not to react to impulsive thoughts. Sacredness  · Holiness consists in friendship with God. If we would be in any sense the friends of God, we must have at least that desire for holiness without which such friendship would be impossible; growth in the knowledge of God is the deepening of this friendship. · To know God is to know self and if we know ourselves well, we know have one or two prominent sins that have dogged our life’s path for years, and against these we struggle
Wednesday after laetare Sunday: end of mid-lent  Jeremiah, Chapter 26, verse 19 Did Hezekiah, king of Judah, and all Judah condemn him to death? Did he not fear the LORD and entreat the favor of the LORD, so that the LORD had a change of heart regarding the evil he had spoken against them? We, however, are about to do great evil against ourselves.” Have you ever been around people who cannot handle the truth! Speaking the truth got Jeremiah in dire straits. Unmoving, the temple officials and elders trashed Jeremiah nonetheless they were too afraid to kill him. Dire Straits  · At the beginning of Jehoiakim's reign, God tells Jeremiah to stand in the court of the temple and speak to all the people and cities of Judah. They're getting another chance to repent. Maybe they'll actually listen this time. · If the people don't finally come to their senses, God's going to do the same thing to Jerusalem that he did to Shiloh up
Ash Wednesday Deuteronomy, Chapter 18, Verse 21-22 21 Should you say to yourselves, “How can we recognize that a word is one the LORD has not spoken?”, 22 if a prophet speaks in the name of the LORD but the word does not come true, it is a word the LORD did not speak. The prophet has spoken it presumptuously; do not fear him. Even saints at times may have spoken presumptuously. Let us meditate on the words of Padre Pio, “Love and fear must go united together, fear without love becomes cowardice. Love without fear becomes presumption. When there is love without fear, love runs without prudence and without restraint, without taking care where it is going.” This is the great beauty of the Holy Spirit for it tells us when even a very holy person speaks not every word they speak comes from God. We error sometimes in this way, making men into gods; but a heart that is filled with the spirit of God is filled with quiet joy and even if the person were to be impriso
Romans, Chapter 8, verse 14-15 14 For those who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God. 15 For you did not receive a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear , but you received a spirit of adoption, through which we cry, “Abba, Father!” By the sacrifice of Christ, we are the adopted children of God, who feared none, and by whose sufferings and glory we share; by reason of the Holy Spirits presence within us. We are thus giving us a new life and relationship with God. ( Novena to the Holy Spirit ) To some is giving the gift of tongues. To which many years ago (40 to be exact February 1975) at the birth of my first born daughter I had gone to the Gunpowder Inn, in Bermuda, to celebrate her birth, with a couple of Native American friends. At the time I was in the Navy Seabees and we worked together. When I had got there, all of the sudden, I got an overwhelming feeling that I needed to speak in tongues to P. Graves and I did. I felt stupid an
Leviticus, Chapter 25, Verse 17 Do not deal unfairly with one another, then; but stand in fear of your God. I, the LORD, am your God. Our loving God wants us free and He demands that we out of love treat each other with love and fairness. In the Jewish calendar God specified that we are to rest one out of seven days but it goes further with a rest after seven weeks ending in a year of Jubilee after the 49 th year called a Shemitah. The Shemitah Year is the seventh year of the seven-year agricultural cycle mandated by the Torah for the Land of Israel and still observed in contemporary Judaism. When Moses received the Levitical law, God gave the commandment to rest on the seventh day… the Sabbath. Moses also applied the cycles of "seven" to weeks and years . A cycle of seven weeks points to the 50th day, called Pentecost. And a cycle of seven sets of seven years points to the 50th year, the year of Jubilee. The year of Jubilee is based on letting the land rest
Plough Monday ORTHODOX CHRISTMAS-DISTAFF DAY Psalm 2, verse 11 Serve the LORD with fear ; exult with trembling , accept correction lest he become angry and you perish along the way when his anger suddenly blazes up. Blessed are all who take refuge in him! To fully understand this verse, we must know who the writer is referring to. In verse 10 the writer states “ Now therefore, O kings, be wise; be warned, O rulers of the earth. Serve the Lord with fear. Our God is a just God and to “those who have been given much; much is required”; to quote the spider man movie. Kings (and the 1 percent’ers) to be wise must humble themselves. It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of the needle then for a rich man to get into heaven. The "Eye of the Needle" has been claimed to be a gate in Jerusalem, which opened after the main gate was closed at night. A camel could only pass through this smaller gate if it was stooped and had its baggage removed.  I a
Full Worm Moon According to the almanac we are having a Full Worm Moon-plan to take your family or grandchildren fishing! Hummingbirds are migrating North now; look for them. Monday 2 nd Week in Lent PURIM-MEATBALLDAY-HOLI Proverbs, Chapter 31, Verse 30 Charm is deceptive and beauty fleeting; the woman who fears the LORD is to be praised. Woman is the key to the salvation of the world. It is the miracle of God that the salvation of mankind was deposited in the care of the Virgin Mary and likewise in the physical sense the material world through the modern woman who is faithful to the precepts of the Lord. Such a woman knows the secret to raising children to be happy and successful is to do it in a home overflowing with love. A woman of faith truly knows: God is our refuge and our strength, an ever-present help in distress. Therefore, we fear not, though the earth be shaken, and mountains plunge into the depths of the sea. A woman of Influence
Introduction to Psalms  The Bible for some is stuffy, overblown, and boring. So and so, son of so and so did such and such a thing to this ruler and then X, Y, and Z happened. (Snore.) Well, that may be a Dull Fest, but Psalms will set the record straight. Think fire and brimstone, giant sea monsters, cannibals, and even drunks. Yeah, ancient poetry is juicy. Psalms is one of the longest books of the Bible, but that's because it's actually a collection of 150 poems about life back in the day. We're talking Real Housewives of the Negev . The Bible mostly comprises stories, prophecies, and laws, but Psalms brings the poetic punch. Most of the Psalms are attributed to David , the Israelites' greatest and most famous king. Turns out King David was a poet too—yeah, he did know it. The Psalms are all written in Hebrew, and have been jazzed up, classed up, and mistranslated ever since they were written starting 3,000 years ago. Part of Psalms' appeal is its
Judith, Chapter 10, Verse 16 When you stand before him, have no fear in your heart; give him the report you have given us, and he will treat you well.” Judith prepares for war with prayer and by the enhancement of her beauty. She is so strikingly beautiful that in this verse one of the guards of the Assyrian camp advises her to be confident in the presence of Holofernes. Beauty and the Beast  After bathing (during a drought) she uses all the human arts available to her to make herself beautiful and captivating: perfumed ointment, hair, clothing and jewelry. She understands the goodness of her body. She knows physical beauty is good and comes from God. She also knows that the power of her beauty comes from within her, from her holiness, from her faithfulness to God. Since both her exterior and interior beauty come from God, her beauty must be devoted to the service of God. God intends to use her beauty as a weapon to liberate the people. She will wield the weapon t